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Austerity Against Democracy

New SP publication: Austerity Against Democracy
by Greg Albo and Carlo Fanelli

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Bullet #1096: A View from Burnaby Mountain: Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

by Brad Hornick | March 27, 2015

The recent Vancouver panel discussion on Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything, from which this article took form, was organized weeks before a local Blockadia event took place. By the time the five panelists came together, two had been arrested for defying a court injunction

What's New: Unite Against Austerity

| March 26, 2015

Unite Against Austerity is a campaign initiated by with the following goals: To make the austerity agenda the primary lens through which Canadians understand the country's political landscape and make political decisions; To support the expansion of alliances and strategic action in anti-austerity work in Canada.

What's New: Greece and the European Neoliberal Cage

by Dimitris Pavlopoulos and Yiorgos Vassalos | March 26, 2015

SYRIZA's victory in the Greek elections of 25 January raised a wave of hope across Europe. The dominance of the austerity-oriented conservative and social democratic parties was at last challenged by the victory of a leftist anti-austerity party, signalling a possible change of course in Europe.

Bullet #1095: The Public Value of Public Sector Strikes

by Jeff Noonan | March 25, 2015

The essence of an unjust society is to continually demand and take from those with the least the little that they have to support their lives and life-goals and add it to the money-value hoards of those who have the power to restructure public life to serve their limitless appetites. So we see a recurrent pattern of struggle across history: those with the least power are forced to fight the hardest just to maintain what little they have.

What's New: Remember When -- Strategy for a Living Revolution

by Steve Caines | March 24, 2015

Has there ever been a more pressing time to find economic and political alternatives? The left has long opposed capitalism from the perspective of labour. But now with knowledge of climate change and the imminent threats it brings, the situation has never seemed so urgent. Whether one views the social consequences of a capitalist-framework economy as fundamentally positive or fundamentally negative, the real inconvenient truth is that capitalism cannot be made environmentally sustainable.

Bullet #1094: Toronto's Plan to Push Out the Homeless

by John Clarke | March 24, 2015

The Mayor's Office in Toronto is today occupied by a much slicker operation than it was during the years of dysfunctional, bigoted buffoonery that unfolded under Rob Ford. Mayor John Tory has resumed the drive toward a fully fledged neoliberal city but has the basic political skills to frame his twin agendas of austerity and upscale redevelopment in the language of inclusiveness. He has been sufficiently proficient at this to rapidly create what Michael Laxer has termed an 'austerity consensus' supported by the overwhelming majority of the Council, including its left wing.

What's New: Alternative Federal Budget 2015

| March 23, 2015

The Alternative Federal Budget 2015: Delivering the Good demonstrates that the federal government's continued obsession with austerity and balancing the budget comes at the cost of higher household debt, fewer services, and weakened job growth. The AFB, now in its 20th year, delivers a plan that would lift 893,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost economic growth, reduce carbon emissions, and create or sustain 300,000 jobs a year, bringing Canada’s employment rate back to its pre-recession level.

Bullet #1093: Wynne Gives Big Retail the Gift of Beer

by Gavin Fridell | March 23, 2015

The heads of big retail might be walking with a spring in their step this week due to a potentially generous gift from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. After months of wrangling over what to do with The Beer Store (TBS) semi-monopoly, granted by the Ontario government to some of the world's largest beer companies, Wynne has decided to open things up - to a select group of giant retail chains.

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Greek eurozone exit edges closer as markets brace for Athens default April 21, 2015

Five Things You Need to Know About Pasokification April 21, 2015

Sale of U.S. Arms Fuels the Wars of Arab States April 21, 2015

Access denied: The Globe barred from investigating friendly fire death April 21, 2015

Home Care Workers Leading in Southern Fight for $15 Movement April 21, 2015

OSSTF/FEESO Labour Action April 21, 2015

At the sharp end of the workers’ movement in China: The Zhongshan Cuiheng strike April 21, 2015

Why Europe needs to rethink its fiscal compact April 20, 2015

Far-left policies haven't been proposed by any party, contrary to Prentice’s claims April 20, 2015

#BBCdebate: a political earthquake is about to happen in Scotland April 20, 2015

Greece pushed a step closer to eurozone exit after IMF snub April 20, 2015

NDP surging in Edmonton, improving in rest of Alberta, poll says April 20, 2015

Investment should be the federal budget priority April 20, 2015

Scabs and Injunctions: Solidarity needed in Sarnia strike April 20, 2015

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Socialist Register 2015:
Transforming Classes

Continental Crucible:
Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America

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2:00pm, Saturday April 25, 2015
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto.

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Panel and Discussion: Unite Against Austerity!

All around the world - from Quebec to Greece to Chile to South Africa - tens of thousands of people are rising up against austerity. It's time for the rest of us to rise up too!

Governments and corporate media say there is not enough money and belts must be tightened. But we know there is lots of money – it’s just concentrated in a few hands at the top.

Cuts to social spending and wages ensue, while fossil fuel companies and other corporations receive subsidies. Unions are attacked, as corporations make record profits. Indigenous nations are denied inherent land rights and resources from their lands are extracted for corporate profit. Environmental regulations are gutted in favour of Big Oil rights. Migrant workers are forced into even more precarious working conditions. Vital public services including education, childcare, housing, women's centers and healthcare are cut, while prisons and the military expand.

* Crystal Sinclair, Idle No More Toronto
* John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
* Jennie Miller, Vice Chair, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Greater Toronto Area Council
* Chris Ramsaroop, Justicia for Migrant Workers

In essence, austerity is sacrificing the common good for corporate profit. To see the many ways we are affected by austerity, check out our website | Facebook event
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